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... men: not to mention that many have the name "Singh". Some 18 different styles of turban exist: these covering the uncut head and facial hair. Hair is regarded as a natural part of the body and should not be cut. Beards are seen as a lion's mane: Singh means "lion". Some 4 other distinguishing features of a typical Sikh warrior exist. A wooden comb inside the turban (for combing etc), bracelet on the right hand, long under garments and a dagger / sword worn on the left ...
... time so we didn't have to deal with too many near miss collisions before we were fully awake.
After we completed our decent from the mountain we were greeted by freshly paved highway and our driver told us it would be smooth sailing for the rest of the drive. The state of Punjab is famous for its agriculture and it was obvious as we drove through, since we saw tons of farms growing wheat, mustard flowers and all sorts of fresh produce as well. Since it ...
We are now back from an awesome weekend in Amritsar, a beautiful city in the North West of India and the spiritual home of Sikhism. As our first foray outside of Delhi, Amritsar was ideal; the food is incredible with lots of chicken tikka, paneer (indian cottage cheese), and our first taste of lassi (sweet yoghurt drink) in India.
Our time in Amritsar centred on the Golden Temple and the surrounding Pool of Nectar, a pool surrounding the temple and ...
... viewing area. Again, didn't feel quite right and as the party got started we did wish we were in the locals' area as it was such a great atmosphere. The seats really began to fill up and we were squashing up to allow more people in. From our own seats we could actually see into the Pakistani side and we felt quite sorry for them as there were just a hundred or so spectators at most whereas on the Indian side, at least a couple of ...
... wash our feet just outside and get on the photo with (almost) everybody! Hahahaha. Once you start posing with someone they all want a snap with us!I never expected this, it's again like in Myanmar but here they dare to ask a bit more. Often they asked Mark if they could take a snap from me/ us. He was the big boss :)The temple is magical, gold allover and colorful people everywhere.
Around 3pm we got into a shared van towards the border of Pakistan. After a long ...